I am taking an online college class on Biblical Counseling. I was working on my assignment last night. During the day I was meditating on Psalm 1:1-3. I memorized these verses when I was a child. They are in my heart reservoir. The question I had to answer for my homework was: What would it look like if my life was described by these verses?
Verse 2 says that if we delight in God’s word and meditate in it we will bear fruit in every season and be prosperous. When I pondered the question, the Holy Spirit gave me three words that so impacted me that I burst into tears. The secret to spiritual prosperity is NO SPIRITUAL BARRENNESS.
Delighting in God’s word involves our spirit which shuts out our flesh. The Hebrew word for ‘delight’ means: pleasure, desire, longing, that in which one takes delight. Meditating means to think about it, pondering the truth of it, conversing with it in our heart, walking in it, and making it our own. We would cherish every moment and become lost in our communion with the Lord.
Psalm 92:12-15 uses the word flourish four times. Flourish means to be green and verdant. Verse 14 in the Amplified says, “(Growing in grace) they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap (of spiritual vitality) and (rich in the) verdure (of trust, love, and contentment).” Now watch what the purpose of this is.
Verse 15 says, “To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” We will be living memorials! My dad was. I took care of him for 10 1/2 years at home and then he had to go into a care facility. He was a living memorial. He tootled all over that place in his wheelchair with his Bible on his lap. There was one bitter prodigal that he befriended. When my dad died, Keith followed him four days later.
Does ‘spiritual vitality’ describe your walk with the Lord? I like to visit Job 21:24. The Amplified says of a man who died in full strength. It says, “His pails are full of milk (his veins are filled with nourishment) and the marrow of his bones is fresh and moist.” Moses died in full strength. Deuteronomy 34:7 says, “Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.”
We will live out our fashioned days according to Psalm 139:16. Quality of life is to bear fruit until the Lord takes us home. Psalm 91:14 says, “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.” Verse 16 says, “With long life I will satisfy him, and show Him my salvation.”
Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Observe to do is: reading for understanding, gaining insights on what blocks our witness, and conviction that brings course correction.